There a lot of things I love about Christmas, but one of the best things about the festive season is gathering everyone around the table for a full roast dinner with all the trimmings.
As part of a big family, Christmas dinners were always a hectic affair with everyone crowded around the table on mismatched chairs. That’s part of the fun, and spending time with family is what Christmas is all about. In recent years we’ve hosted Christmas at our own home; sometimes just us and the kids, sometimes with our families. Given the space (and a big enough table) I’d happily have a house full for the festive feast. Of course, it might be a different story if I was the one cooking, but luckily my Husband takes care of that!
This week I was invited to the launch of the Booths Christmas range at their Penrith store. It was a chance to try out some of the fabulous food and drink which Booths have sourced from across the North of England, including from local Cumbrian suppliers.
The Herdwick Lamb Hotpot was delicious, as were the quiches provided by Yorkshire producer Truefoods. My favourite taster of the day had to be the Orange Chocolate Brownie Bites, which are made by local bakers Bells of Lazonby. I took a pack to work the next day to share out and they went down well – they wouldn’t have lasted long in my house!
Unfortunately I was driving so I wasn’t able to sample the amazing selection of alcohol on offer, including whisky from the Lakes Distillery and a range of northern gins. I really wanted to try the Booths Prosecco though so I’ll have to add a bottle of that to my shopping list!
The Great Northern Christmas Book is out now and includes the full range of culinary delights and festive tipples – whether you are looking to buy a turkey with all the trimmings, a selection of party food, stock up the bar or even buy some Christmas gifts. Personally I’ve got my eye on one of the amazing looking desserts, maybe the Peanut Butter Millionaire one or the Chocolate and Orange Cheesecake (Okay, maybe both!) while my other half has been longingly checking out the range of roast meats and the cheese boards.
Booths have 28 stores across the north of England but deliver to the rest of the UK. You can check out their full festive range online at www.booths.co.uk.